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Research Opportunities in our Lab

Graduate Research Opportunities in our Lab

Description: a MS position to study the molecular and neuronal basis of magnetic field detection and orientation is available at the Vidal-Gadea lab at Illinois State University. The project will explore the role of iron handling genes and stretch receptors, in the transduction of magnetic force by the nervous system of the nematode, C. elegans. You will join a vibrant team of researchers and will use in-depth behavioral analysis, confocal microscopy, molecular techniques (e.g. cloning), RNAi, qPCR, and optogenetics. Our lab is presently funded by the NIH and the NSF, and has state of the art equipment to facilitate your training and progress. This position will be funded by a combination of TA and RA funds.

Qualifications: The successful candidate should be highly motivated, and will ideally have previous research experience (real-world work experience works too), BSc in biology, and be excited to work in a diverse environment.   

More information: Please email Andrés Vidal-Gadea ( with questions. The position starts January 2019 (or ASAP). 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in our Lab

We always welcome driven undergraduate researchers in our lab. Students typically volunteer about 10 hrs per week and work in a variety of projects ranging from muscular ​dystrophy, to magnetic orientation. We strive to provide a complete research experience and therefore researchers in our lab are trained in every aspect of their projects (e.g. from reading the scientific literature, to experimental design and techniques, analysis of data, and presentation of results at local and regional meetings). Most of our students author and present posters, and some also co-author scientific articles. Many students register for research hours through BSC290 or BSC299 thus earning credit for their labor. We try our best to customize the research experience to fit the needs and goals of each of our researchers.

Sudents at all levels can apply, and we particularly encourage sophomore and juniors to consider contacting us. We strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all peoples, regardless of sex, race, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, special needs, age, and so on.  ​

​High School Students Research Opportunities in our Lab
We welcome driven high school students. If you are interested contact us about ongoing opportunities or alternatively visit the Summer Research Institute website for summer programs:


During the Summer Research Institute at the Vidal-Gadea lab over a dozen high school students worked together to study Duchenne muscular dystrophy using the nematode C. elegans. Students became familiarized with every aspect of research: from the scientific method, to behavioral testing, analysis, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, descriptive and analytic statistics, and oral presentation design and skills. Data and findings made by the students inform our ongoing research program. Students work very hard and learn while performing scientific research.


 Undergraduate research opportunities outside our lab

We have searched the internet to bring you resources where driven undergraduate researchers might find valuable research opportunities. Most of these are summer opportunities and there are certainly many more that we did not compile here. We want to impress two important points: 1) there are indeed hundreds of research opportunities awaiting keen students, and 2) these experiences provide students with valuable tools which they need to stay competitive when the time comes to apply for graduate or medical programs. Happy hunting!